Mark Loewenstern

Mark Loewenstern

Mark Loewenstern is a winner of the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival and the Anna Zornio Award for Children’s Playwriting, among others, as well as a three-time finalist for the Heideman Award. He has received commissions from the Lennie Pierro Memorial Arts Foundation, California Stage Company and Vital Theatre Company. Plays: Near Nellie Bly (O’Neill semi-finalist), Dorothea Puente Tells All! (sold-out...
Mark Loewenstern is a winner of the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival and the Anna Zornio Award for Children’s Playwriting, among others, as well as a three-time finalist for the Heideman Award. He has received commissions from the Lennie Pierro Memorial Arts Foundation, California Stage Company and Vital Theatre Company. Plays: Near Nellie Bly (O’Neill semi-finalist), Dorothea Puente Tells All! (sold-out run at California Stage Company), One is the Road, Carnality, A Doctor’s Visit, The Nastiest Drink in the World, Parish Dunkeld, and The Slightly Exaggerated True Story of “Civic Virtue.” Films: Holiday Rumble, Six Love Stories (starring Alicia Witt), 26 Months After Katrina, and Sinister Zoe. Mark’s one act plays are published through Samuel French and Smith & Kraus. Born in Philly and living in New York, Mark studied theater at the University of Pennsylvania, Kings College London and the Juilliard School. Dramatists Guild Member. Email him at goodyarn@hotmail.com.

Plays

  • A Doctor's Visit
    Winner of the Samuel French OOB Fest!

    10 MINUTE PLAY
    During the Crusades, a sick King Richard the Lionhearted is visited by the Sultan's personal physician, the Jewish sage Moses Maimonides. A different era's view of Christianity, Islam and Judaism.
  • Carnality
    10 MINUTE PLAY
    When your head wants one thing and the rest of you wants something else.
  • Dorothea Puente Tells All! An Evening with the Magnanimous, Distinguished and Noble Lady of Sacramento
    Dorothea Puente was a lifelong con-artist. Her abuse of the welfare system led directly to new federal legislation. In the Latinx community, she was loved as a pillar of the community though she herself was white. On November 11, 1988, police discovered 7 bodies buried in Dorothea Puente's yard, thanks in large part to the heroic efforts of a humble volunteer social worker. Mrs. Puente never stopped...
    Dorothea Puente was a lifelong con-artist. Her abuse of the welfare system led directly to new federal legislation. In the Latinx community, she was loved as a pillar of the community though she herself was white. On November 11, 1988, police discovered 7 bodies buried in Dorothea Puente's yard, thanks in large part to the heroic efforts of a humble volunteer social worker. Mrs. Puente never stopped maintaining her innocence and some never stopped believed her. In unraveling the truth of Dorothea Puente, this play also shows the rest of us something about our own needs and vulnerabilities, and how we can protect ourselves from people who would exploit us.
  • Grandmother's House
    10 MINUTE PLAY
    Renee pays Rose an unannounced visit. A new spin on Red Riding Hood, where granddaughter is the Wolf.
  • Motivation
    SHORT PLAY
    Based on the shootings near the Al-Furqan Jame Masjid mosque, Queens, NY. Written for Code Red #Faith.
  • Near Nellie Bly
    (Gulfshore Playhouse New Works Festival, 2019)
    (O'Neill Semi-Finalist)

    FULL LENGTH
    Nellie Bly, aspiring daredevil reporter, went undercover in an insane asylum on Blackwell's Island (now Roosevelt Island) in New York City, 1887. There she befriended a patient named Anne Neville. After 10 days, Nellie was released. Anne stayed. This play tells the above story from Anne Neville’s perspective.
  • Never No More (a Zoom play)
    10 MINUTE
    A hastily set-up Zoom date takes an unexpected turn.
  • One is the Road
    SHORT PLAY
    Our protagonist drives home from vacation with his wife. He relates to us the 7 things he is thinking and doing moment-to-moment over the course of a crucial five minutes in his life.

    (2014 Nominee for Best Short Script -- New York Innovative Theatre Awards)
  • Parish Dunkeld
    FULL-LENGTH
    In rural Scotland in 1793, a small parish believes it is safe from the revolutions shaking the world. But when a well-intentioned man of reason arrives, bringing violent upheaval, the people of Parish Dunkeld must fight their way back from the brink.

    "It is a thinking person's art, not just an evening's entertainment." PGN
  • SYATP
    SHORT PLAY
    A monologue inspired by the shooting at Wedgwood Baptist Church, September 1999. Written for Code Red Playwrights: Enough / Volume #4

  • The Plate
    MONOLOGUE

    The HOST comes to offer a short prayer for our times, on behalf of us all.

    Written for Playwrights Thriving February 2021 Food themed shorts
  • The Slightly Exaggerated True Story of "Civic Virtue"
    ONE-ACT
    The marble sculpture "Civic Virtue Triumphant Over Unrighteousness" caused an uproar before it was even installed outside City Hall in New York City, in 1922. This uproar lasted for over 90 years. It is here presented for your viewing pleasure in about 20 minutes